If you were there you'll know it was windy and it was a lot of fun, if you weren't then you missed out.....so c u next week. We had an excellent turn out last night and new competitors kept rolling in throughout the evening, in fact we ran out of room on the score sheet. We even had a new female competitor that took honours for her division.
I finally got to use my 6.7m, had two runs and put that away. Rigged a 5.2 and it was still a challenge. I did a test run of the course and charging downwind towards the far buoy was a bit scary in the gusts (up to 33 knots). On the way back you had to contend with 1-2' ramps at times coming straight at you (due to big Northerly gusts).
My home made practice buoy lasted all of 10 mins before it got ripped away and we even had to rescue our official buoy which drifted off before the second race. In the rough conditions wave /FSW boards showed their form, and consistency delivered results.
I was too knackered ( )to compile the result scores and download photos last night, and there's another good NE'r forecast today so apology for the delay. Moreover winners didn't up their prizes last night so I had to contend with 3 extra serves of Cooper's (it would have gone off otherwise)
Thank you to Jason (JJAY) for running the meeting and scoring. Moreover he was in of pain during the whole process, not because of the recent operation but having to miss out and watch the great sailing conditions.
Results and photos coming........
great stuff Des! cracking day out there yesterday. Awesome to get the wave kit out! Race was great fun. i think i need to work on my starts i'm pretty sure Chris Ting etc were on their second lap before i finally got on my board and got it going.
Can't wait to see the pics. hope it looks as windy as i thought it was.
Fairly new to this forum (and looking to make a serious comeback ie sailing more than twice a year) and have heard about the above and sounds great. Looking to try and get down there but can't find a thread that tells me what you actually get up to down there ie what sort of course, place to park, set up etc. I work at Eastern Creek so am not too far via M7 so would like to know a bit more.
Must admit sitting here looking at the graphs showing 25kts was a bit frustrating.
Would love some more info...
Would love to have you on board the more the merrier. Have a look at this thread about 10 posts down, it shows a picture of the course and the location.
The event is all about having fun and socialising with the other enhusiasts. But also it's a great way to develop and improve your sailing skills. We cater for and have participation from all levels, beginners who swim around the buoy to hardcore racers that are rounding the mark at mach 1 speeds.
We have experts on hands to give you tips and help you tune gear as well as suppliers that make the latest demo gear available.
We have just recently started the meeting so have a bit of fine tuning to do. Big prizes to be won In addition to my Cooper's Green we will have some equipment type prizes that last a lot longer than the stubby of coopers.
PM you details and I can add you to the list.
Key info is name, equipment description and colour - optional but useful is email and mobile phone.
We announce the race day based on the forecast, usually post it here Mon or Tuesday each week and send an email to the folks i have on file.
Excellent shots W4W, good to see that JJay is pulling his weight while recouperating.
Hopefully I will be able to get down there soon, the planets just dont seem to alogn at the moment.
And now for the results!
Well this is actually a little difficult to determine exactly as it was a bit of a progressive race ie. having new contestants starting throughout the race and others dropping out. The conditions were tough and being the first windy race (read ... really windy) we are still adjusting the scoring system to accommodate a more flexible fun format.
If we followed typical race rules then the results would be:
1. Remi 2. Chris Ting 3. Duncan
However given that we didn’t have the handicap system in place then I would place 1. Remi and 2. Chris in their own seasoned racers category, as they compete regularly. However Remi didn’t make the first heat so maybe its 1. Chris, 2. Remi
So wrt to the above, results in the fun race category Duncan would be first putting in a sterling effort on FSW gear (RRD Board Blue stipes & Blu/Yellow sail w matching board shorts). And then 2nd place would probably go to Jaime Coelho, but in any case he gets the smooth gyber award.
The Participation Award goes to Alberto who after some peer group pressure (cheering mob) joined the fun. However I think he ducked out for a quick evening tea during the heat.
Finisher Award goes to Tim Ford who went the distance for the whole gruelling first race, there were a lot of DNF’s.
Fastest Female goes to Sally who stormed the course to come first in her category, a gallant effort despite the fact we only had one female competitor.
Consistency Award goes to Martin Degroot who tacked around the course in very choppy conditions. No matter how many times I passed him, somehow Mr Consistency always ended up in front of me.
Once again big thanks to Jason for keeping the meeting under control and our race team - Alberto, Alistair, Andrew, Andre, Bas, Bill, Chris, Craig, Dale, Dinh, Duncan, Jaime, Jason, Jarred, Jeremy, John * 2, Jonathan, Martin, Pete, Peter, Remi, Russ, Sally, Simon, Tim *2
Oops almost forgot... big thanks to Pammie for the photos, tough work when your being sandblasted and chilled by the 20-30 knot breeze.
Hope to see you all next week for more fun.
Hi Tim, I think you're supposed un hook before you do a gybe, or is that a special technique to round the buoy!
It looked like an excellent time was had by all. Can't believe it was as windy as it was but then it would be because I had to go to Brisbane for the day.....I'll come down and jinx the next race!
Also, on an related topic....where do I sign for the club membership? It might have been mentioned but is it feasible to organise inter-club/inter-state competitions as part of the new NSW club?
Ok....am still keen on the social idea and informal racing
Hi Des, Looks like wednesday/thursday will be windy enough for the fun race,,,,,,,, might even need to get the BBQ ready!!!!!
Can i suggest a post fun race get together register?
All those who wouldn't mind hanging around for a post race get together for about an hour after the races to sharing a few light beers and a quick BBQ,,, could put their name down so we can arrange enough snags and beers.
It also gives us enough time to find excuses for family, loved ones, and significant others, as to why we will be a little late home.
What do ya'all think?
Wednesday is looking to be a cracking NE'r with BOM forecasting 25-33 knots
So if the forecast still holds tomorrow we call it for Wednesday.
I'm keen for a post sail get together, the only concern is the forecast for rain most of this week, but I'll probably be wet anyway.
If the weather is bad, I vote we all to go to the pub for dinner and drinks!!!!!
If we have any creative people out there try and come up with a logo of some kind for our fledgling social club and I reckon I should be able to get some baseball caps made up as a donation from my company.
PM me your designs
Des you'll need to let me know just how many people are involved so I can try and get as many caps done.
Andrew, hold that thought. We are in the process of looking at an official club being set up. Once we have this finalised I'll have a marketing plan in place, and given my background, I have a access to professional designers.
What's Finian Maynard doing in the first photo?????